We Butter the Bread With Butter Discuss ‘Goldkinder,’ Touring the U.S. + More
German metal band We Butter the Bread With Butter made an impact with their headlining tour in the States earlier this year in promotion of their latest album ‘Goldkinder.’ Loudwire caught up with vocalist Paul Bartzsch and guitarist Marcel Neumann to talk about the challenges while trekking through the U.S. and how their disc ‘Goldkinder’ came together. They also chatted about some live performances that really inspired them and much more. Check out our interview with Paul Bartzch and Marcel Neumann of We Butter the Bread With Butter below:
How has it been for a group of guys from Berlin traveling around the States?
Marcel Neumann: It’s very, very difficult to come over here as a band. In Germany and Europe, we have a lot of stage equipment, a lot of lights, big stage, pyro, a lot of guitars and basses but when you come over here you have nothing. You just arrive and see what you get, you just have a little bag with clothes and a lot of cables and stuff. It’s very hard to come over here. It costs a lot of money but it’s such a great experience getting on a plane and flying to another part of the world.
Paul Bartzsch: It’s a little bit like the beginning of the journey — one guitar, one bass — it’s like a roller coaster feeling here.
What is the most difficult part about going from state to state?
MN: For me as a person, I’m vegan and my English isn’t that good so it’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t know what it is to get some good food. You have to switch and speak English the whole day. It’s just the language and the food stuff but more things are special just so many things to experience. The landscapes are better, the cities are better.
PB: Especially everything is bigger, the beds and the buses are bigger. [Laughs] The challenging part is speaking English, I understand everything but I can’t speak it fast.
MN: It’s easier for us to understand English here than in the UK. If we get to UK, you think you can speak English and then you meet the first person and it’s like, “What? What is he saying? Didn’t I learn a word of English?”
PB: The English here in the States, we know from the movies.
Your latest album titled ‘Goldkinder’ (meaning Gold Children) is vibrant and adventurous. What makes you vibrant and adventurous as people and musicians?
MN: From the beginning of this band until now, it wasn’t just the band growing, we grew up while in the band. I was 18 or something. You think you know who you are at 18 but that’s not true. During the process of the band a lot of things changed, not with the band, but with ourselves and we tried to capture this on the record, this development. That’s adventurous, to grow up while being in a band and traveling the world.
PB: Everyone has a story. I think when we recorded the songs every song was so special. Every song was a little story of us and so it became ‘Goldkinder.’
Paul, you are so soft spoken. When did you realize you had these harsh vocals and that you can sing and scream like this?
PB: In kindergarten. [Laughs] I made jokes and said I can speak like a monster [does growling voice] and I would ask the other kids, “Can you speak so deep like me?” and I forgot this for 10 or 15 years. A friend asked me if I wanted to come with him to a metal concert and after the concert he asked me if I can sing like the singer and I did. A week after I was in a practice room for the first time.
How was the music culture growing up in Germany?
MN: It was cool in the ‘80s and ‘90s but now it’s in the totally wrong direction. I think the ‘80s were great for all of rock and roll and metal music, the ‘90s were great because bands started to sound better and they focused more on things like tempo, sound, bass and stuff. Nowadays, every day you can find 150 new bands sounding the same but I think it’s not just Germany, it’s everywhere. You can see 15 bands at one show. This is hopeless because there are no fans anymore.
PB: Two bands out of 100 bands do what they want and the rest does what the crowd wants.
MN: This is very hopeless because bands are not able to get fans anymore. You can find kids with band number one’s hat, band number two’s shorts, band number three’s shirt and when I grew up as a metal fan I had everything from one band because I liked them and that’s not happening anymore. It’s sad and this is one of the reasons why we do things different. We don’t want to be part of a big mess of doing the same stuff we want to be part of something special and even if it doesn’t work, that’s okay.
When you went to shows when you were younger, what live concerts did you find inspiring?
MN: I think for me it was my first Metallica show, it was great because I just wanted to play guitar like these guys. When I saw Rammstein for the first time I was like “I want to have so much fire onstage like them.” There was one concert, Thirty Seconds to Mars. This was inspiring because of how many feelings they transport to the fans. You can’t find it in another band. The best concert I’ve ever been to was Muse. I just get goosebumps. How can a band be that perfect with just three people? I think during the second song I just started crying because it was so perfect, so much emotion, it was the best music concert I’ve ever seen.
PB: The Rammstein concert also, I wanted to be this person, the singer Til Lindemann. He is the man. When you search the dictionary for the word “man” you will find his name. Also Thirty Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, a DVD concert with Michael Jackson. I love Michael Jackson. He’s one of my biggest heroes.
What is one thing you must bring on tour with you? It cannot be electronic.
MN: My vegan toothpaste. [Laughs] In the U.S. where you have so many weather changes so pack different clothes.
PB: Movies, I like old movies a lot.